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Yesterday's fray, Inspirational poem

Updated on August 5, 2013
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

To meditate with your higher power, whomever that may be.

There are days when i want to steal away to a quiet zone, there to kneel and pray

To get in touch with God, my mentor

Listening intensely to knowledge he freely gives away

Connecting with your inner self, reflecting on accomplishments, forgetting mistakes

Made in yesteryear's stormy past

Inviting my heavenly Father, leading me into warm sunshine, feeling the tranquility he bestows that will forever last

Meditating with your higher power, whomever that may be

Fulfillment and contentment,

lasting truth eternally

When my time in prayer is completed, i rise again to meet the day

With unwavering doubt his promise and protective arms

Will hold and keep me from repeating yesteryear's fray.



I still find that meditation is the key to peaceful serenity

To quell the raging waters that drift from an angry sea

A quiet time alone with God, listening carefully

Will bring a feeling of contentment internally.





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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Hi Ruby! I can truly feel your devotion to God coming through in this poem. He knows you love him and are grateful for his guidance. Great hub!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Ruby this was just what I needed today...thank you so much. Such a beautiful poem and prayer from the deepest part of your heart. It truly shines in all its beauty.

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      The strength we find in our faith in God should never be underestimated. The more we believe, the stronger we grow. Sadly, reality, including people boasting about their faith and godliness, so often sinks our faith.

      Beautiful, Ruby!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi always exploring, this is awesome. I could use this as a daily prayer that I know would lift me up, keep me focused, and make my day successful. Voted up, useful, and beautiful. Thank you for this.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Daily prayer is helpful to so many people. Good to have such belief systems. Excellent.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share Ruby;I vote up,across and share.

      Have a good day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      To find that secret place inside myself where I am at peace, and know that no one can harm me when I am there.....thank you for the reminder. Lovely work from a lovely lady!

      bill

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby, you have sent out into the world such a beautiful message. There is so much 'fray' everywhere we turn. You have done a beautiful job with this. Listening to your song selection now.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautifully and profoundly introspective poetry, Ruby. Though I no longer sit in a pew inside a church, I talk to God more than ever. I thank him everytime I arrive safe back at home, I try to do the right thing at home and in the world. And, I no longer believe what I was told in parochial school; that I need a mediator to confess my wrongs. I speak directly to God. He knows what's in my heart. Thank you for this beautiful reminder, my friend. It is glorious.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello SkeetyD, Nice to see you. Thank you so much. Meditation and prayer is a part of my daily life. We all are only human and fail sometimes but staying connected is a wonderful source of energy and strength. Thank you my new friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh thank you Sunnie. Your approval means so much to me. I am happy that it helped you in some way. It is so funny how we can read something someone has written and it brings a blessing, many of yours has done that for me. Thank you for telling me..Cheers Dear Friend...

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. A serene, restful and inspiring hub. Thank you.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie, I understand your remark so well. There's nothing more disheartening than a zealot who preaches only their beliefs, yet lacks love for anyone who might believe differently. I tend to turn away from those people. I am so glad you came to read and comment. Thank you Dear Friend.

      BIG Hug for you.++

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello janshares, So nice to see you. Happy you found this useful. Thank you for the beautiful comment..Cheers to you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Robin, It seems to make the day more relaxing and the little problems we all have is easier to deal with. When we look inside our inner being, we realize we are frail but God lifts our spirits when we come to him in prayer. Thank you for coming to read..Cheers My Friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy, Good to see you and thank you for sharing. Take care my poet friend..Cheers to you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, I agree. When we are at one with our deepest feelings and thoughts, we are in a safe place and protected from harm which is abounding all around us. I can't imagine going through a day without seeking guidance and a feeling of love from God, does that make me a perfect human being? Heavens no but i try. Thank you for a lovely comment....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Yes the fray is all around us and it seems to get worse everyday. The shooting in Texas yesterday upset me enough to pray for a closer connection to God. I know there will always be evil in our world but believing it will get better always makes me feel better. I am so glad you are listening to the video. The words to that song is exactly how i feel, will we stand or will we fall to our knees when we finally see God in all his glory? We will find out someday, but inbetween time we will live and enjoy life, doing what we love, writing and sharing. Thank you my Friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Amy, You are so much like me in your thought pattern. I too was raised to fear God. My grandmother was a staunch believer in a hell and damnation existence with God. Everything was a sin and i feared God as a child. Only in later years did i learn that God is love and full of mercy to anyone who seeks him. I am closer to God than i ever was inside of a church building, so much division and judgement. Thank you for being my friend Amy...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, Nice to see you again. So happy you found this inspiring and restful. A feeling of serenity is a wonderful feeling. Thank you my friend..

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The peace of God in our hearts is beyond understanding and difficult to explain but I love the way you have shared it in your poem.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Beautiful and inspiring Ruby, A nice reminder to us all to start our day in a quiet space and get in touch with our inner calm so God's message can come forth. Would you mind if I linked this to my hub "Still the Waters". It's really sweet and it would add so much to it because its touching that way! Fossi :O)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom, I agree, it is difficult to explain, but sometimes like today it came forth easily. It is less verbal and more internally for me. I am happy you enjoyed. Thank you for coming by...Cheers to you...

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Amen my friend! Thank you as I really needed this uplifting, faith-filled and nurturing poem.

      You are a wonderful writer.

      Voting up and sharing

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Gosh you spoke my heart out, ruby.

      There are times, I feel the same and nothing like this beautiful poem.

      Wishing you peace and joy, my friend.

      Sharing it across

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Beckie, What a lovely comment. Thank you. I am happy that it lifted your spirit and thank you for sharing. Cheers to you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, I knew we were kindred spirits and worshipped in like manner from reading your healing and meditating hubs. Thank you so much for sharing..

      Peace and Joy to you my friend...

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Forgive me if I have shared this masonic concept with you before. "No man should ever enter on any great or important undertaking without invoking the blessing of God." Thank you for this.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martin, You humble me. Thank you. You are a dear man who makes me laugh everyday with your limericks and beautiful poetry. I am so happy you came to visit..

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      Fehl Dungo 4 years ago from close to you...

      The power of prayer makes the impossible possible. This is so uplifting, Ruby. God bless you always:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you blaze. It is good to see you and i agree to endless possibilities through faith and prayer. God bless you too my friend...

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Your poem brings about a feeling of reverence, as if one is actually there kneeling in front of a higher being, praying for peace. Beautiful poem, always...evokes many memories and thoughts. : )

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      mandypoole 4 years ago from UK

      Beautiful, lovely hub

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello dreamseeker, Thank you..Happy it evoked memories. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mandypoole, Nice to see you. Thank you for a lovely comment..Cheers..

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hey Ruby, I reread my message and noticed I said it wrong about linking your hub. What I meant was if you minded me putting a link on my "Still the Waters" which would link to your hub. Silly me! I would never ask somebody to put my link on their hub to mine. Now, I've probably confused you even more. Sorry for the mix up . . . Fossi

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Fossi, You can do anything you want to do. I am glad you liked it enough to link it anywhere..Hee, I'll be looking for it..Cheers my friend...

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This is a lovely poem. I feel comfort and connection as I read it. I, too, need that time with God to help me put my day behind me and to move forward to the next. Thanks you for sharing these beautiful thoughts.

      "I Can Only Imagine" is one of my favorite songs. :-)

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      BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

      Great poem. sometimes when we have done all we can to solve a life problem, we just need to turn it over to a Higher Power, whomever that may be for each of us. Lovely poem.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Faith is a wonderful feeling and love shines from the Lord. Enjoyed this. Passing it on.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Ah, Ruby...i envy you your faith!

      To believe that you have a friend always - thru thick and thin..

      No wonder you feel uplifted..

      I on the other hand - feel uplifted when i read amazing poetry such as this!

      Thank you dear..

      up and sharing forward.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sholland, Good to see you. It's great to know we share a connection in prayer. I love the song too. Thank you for coming by..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bobbi, I love your comment and it is so true. Life can be disheartening at times, but prayer is a source of relief from worrisome problems. Thank you..Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gypsy, I agree. Faith in a higher power is so helpful in times of distress or when you are feeling grateful for happiness. Thank you..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, I must admit i have not always had faith, it is a process that grows when we connect with our higher power. With your sense of right and wrong in your written articles, you have faith my friend. I am glad you came to visit..Cheers.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      One of my all time favorites by you, dear Ruby, and with a title to die for - You are certainly giving 'ole George J. a lot of inspiration for his new songs ....and the epi-man is also moved by these words - because this is a universal poetic hymn for all of us - we all have to deal with life and living in our own way - but as Bob Dylan once sang - we all have to serve someone ...... sending you warmest wishes from Colin, George and the cat-gang, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel, from lake erie time ontario canada 9:39am with first cup of coffee and some nice baroque music

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Lovely thoughts for every day. Something for everyone to strive for.

      Thanks for this.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful. Sometimes you need to back away and just believe.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Our “Church” surrounds us every day. There is humility and true faith in these beautiful words, Ruby. And the music you chose complements the pure character and strength of your poem. Voted up and sharing. :-)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Brilliant work, Voted up and sharing also.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      When I am in need of prayer, I go seek out a place to hide and kneel in thankfullness for what my creator has given up for me. I am humbled and thankfull for every blessing bestowed upon my feeble life. Knowing that forgiveness is there for those of us who seek and ask for it. Thank you for sharing yesterdays fray today, much appreciated, I needed a pause for reflection in my humble life. Hugs

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Ruby, this was the perfect opening to my day this Sunday morning. It is a beautiful poem, and one of my favorites of yours to date. I'll be carrying your words in my heart throughout the day. Thank you Up/B

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This poem was truly beautiful, Ruby. It demonstrates your faith and deep beliefs. I like the line "feeling the tranquility he bestows", so wonderfully comforting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Epi, Your comment is truth in motion. We all deal with life in our own way, maybe it's a prayer, maybe it's a walk on the beach, maybe it's poetry, whatever, we connect to a higher power and we truly want tranquility and happiness. You always lift my spirits when you visit and leave words of comfort. Thank you for being my friend..Hugs**

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vickiw, Happy to meet you. Thank you for reading and leaving a meaningful comment...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Koffee Klatch Gals, I do agee. Stopping and looking back brings a new respective, perhaps a reminder that life is good after the forgotten frays..Thank you. I am now following you after looking over your hubs. You have a variety of topics that interest me...Cheers..

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      This is tender, beautiful and lovely, Ruby. Like you, m'dear. And the waterfall and small child praying photos are perfection. Thank you for this treat.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, You always seem to know the heart of my poetry, and yes, the crurch is around us in the poeple who strive to to do good, a little old woman who bakes a pie for the shelter to feed the poor, a retired teacher who faithfully serves food to anyone who comes to ' The salvation Army ' for a meal. The world is full of good people. Thank you my friend..Blessings..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello dghbrh, Happy to meet you. Thank you for sharing..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vincent, I knew without a doubt that we shared a connection in prayer. We are kindred souls, you and i. We have traveled the same path in so many ways, yet we are able to be thankful for blessings God so easily bestows when we humbly seek in ernest prayer. Thank you for coming to visit. You are my inspirition in many ways..Blessings and deep peace...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Denise, Thank you so much. Your words humble me. I am thrilled that my piece lifted you and you will be remembering it throughout your day. I remember when you wrote about going to a retreat to meditate. I still would love to do that and i will when it is close enough for me to drive to...Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peg, I am so happy that you enjoyed this and felt comfort from the tranquility line. Thank you for telling me. Thank you for coming to read. I appreciate you..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, I have been waiting for you. Your comments always make me feel better. Thank you to my friend who takes me to a wonderful, funny time of yesteryears..

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      Salini 4 years ago from India

      A lovely and beautiful poem from you Ruby... as usual !

      I love the pictures you have used! voted up

      have a great day ahead...

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Totally beautiful and completely lovely too!!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful and Inspiring - Very important too. If we are not happy/peaceful within ourselves, we have nothing to give others. I enjoyed reading it.

      On a lighter note, I hope before I log out, you have at least one new follower. Right now 666 people follow you. :-)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby,

      I will take your spirituality any day in the book...reminded of our recent "conversation". You live your faith and your decency makes me so proud to be your friend.

      This is beautiful, like you. Voted UP too. Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Life Iz Beautiful, So good to see you again. Happy you liked the pictures. There is nothing more precious than a child kneeling in prayer. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello acaetnna, I love when you visit. Your smiling face always brings a smile. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, I noticed that number and commented to my sister Mary who is staying with me for a few days. She laughed. It didn't happen, i still have 666. I am always happy when you visit. Thank you my Brit. friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Mar, You make me feel so blessed to have you for my friend. Your emails bring so much joy and hope for a better tomorrow when we believe. We are so very much on the same plane in this place we call life. I love you my dear nurse friend. Thank you..

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... brilliant and captivating and certainly a prayer which can be heard...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Rolly..So glad you came to visit.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Ruby, this is beautiful contemplation on self-discovery.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, Thank you for a beautiful comment!!

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful, those words just linger in the air and a sense of calm just engulfs you. Voted up,

      Jan

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello janhorner, Nice to meet you. Your comment fills me with joy. Thank you......

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Your poem is very reassuring of the presence and the protection of God. Prayers help us to believe that we can get through anything and everything. Great poem and voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur, I agree. Thank you for coming by..

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful work Ruby, your words made me feel warm inside....

      Voted up, best wishes Lesley

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lesley, Oh thank you for telling me you felt warm inside from reading this. You made my day..Cheers My Friend..

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Meditation and offering prayers are the best ways to be with god. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Shared too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree, I agree. Thank you for a lovely comment and sharing..Cheers..

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      Tonette Fornillos 3 years ago from The City of Generals

      I feel refreshed reading this. A quiet time is truly perfect time for prayer and meditation. I find it in my usual very early morning just before the sun rises and when the world is not yet busy. At times, I do it in a very late evening, when the world has retired and the stars so bright in a cool night sky. GOD is wonderful! Thank you for this. Loved it.:=) I'm sharing!:=)-Tonette

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tonette, I am happy that you feel refreshed. Thank you for telling me. Meditation is a part of my life that i cherish. I can feel down, then meditate and feel renewed. Thank you for sharing...Cheers.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wonderful hub always exploring. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You're welcome Susan. Thank you...

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